By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer
MANKATO — A 20-year-old Mankato man, who police had been looking for because he was wanted for questioning in a Chicago shooting, was nabbed this week with the help of a snowbank.
Jarrel LeRoy Berry was one of two men attempting to get a car out of a snowbank in the 500 block of West Second Street at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. A police officer was dispatched to the area after someone called saying the men had been trying to move the car for an hour.
Berry was in the driver’s seat, the officer reported. He appeared intoxicated and had a $100 bill and several $20 bills sticking out of his pocket. Berry put one of his hands into a pocket and allegedly refused to take it out before a confrontation started with the officer, according to a criminal complaint.
The officer reported he used a stunning device on Berry at least four times while attempting to handcuff him. Berry and the other man, who had not been charged as of Thursday, were both arrested after a second officer arrived.
Six small bags of crack cocaine and $1,885 in cash were allegedly found in Berry’s pockets after he was handcuffed.
Berry had not yet been identified when he was brought to the jail. He was eventually placed in an isolation cell after he allegedly continued to fight with police.
Once Berry was in the cell, jail staff asked him what his name was. It was at that point the arresting officer realized Berry was wanted in Chicago because he was the suspect in a shooting, the complaint said. A police commander had put out a notice saying Chicago police suspected Berry, who should be considered armed and dangerous, was in the Mankato area.
Chicago police initially said they wanted Berry held in jail. That hold was dropped by the time Berry appeared in court Tuesday, however, said Chris Rovney, assistant Blue Earth County attorney.
Berry was charged with fourth-degree drug possession and fifth-degree drug possession, both felonies, and a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process. He was released from custody after posting the $2,000 bail set by District Court Judge Bradley Walker.
By Dan Nienaber